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March 1, 2005

SAG AND AFTRA MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY RATIFY NEW TV/FILM AGREEMENT

Los Angeles (February 28, 2005) - In national voting completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production.

The new pact goes into effect July 1, 2005 and will remain in force until June 30, 2008. SAG, AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached tentative agreement in January on the deal, which provides over $200 million in wages, benefits, new jobs and other improvements for working performers.

Overall, the memberships of SAG and AFTRA voted 76.5 percent to 23.5 percent in favor of the new agreement. The vote count in Hollywood was 67.8 percent to 32.2 percent in favor. In New York, the vote count was 81.8 percent to 18.2 percent in favor. And in the regional branches and locals, the vote count was 87.3 percent to 12.7 percent. Approximately 119,000 members of the unions received ballots, of which 30 percent returned them - a number that is historically consistent with previous referenda on union contracts. The final vote was certified this evening by Integrity Voting Systems. For more information, visit www.sag.org or www.aftra.com





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